ESO ARCANIST TANK

This ESO Arcanist Tank build is capable of taking on all content in the game. Its a strong choice, and by far the most meta option available in elder scrolls online today. DK Tank Builds have been the meta consistently for years and for good reason.


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ARCANIST TANK BUILD

  1. Overview
    • Race
    • Mundus
    • Attributes
    • Consumables
  2. Gear
  3. Skills
  4. Rotation
  5. Passives
  6. Champion Points

OVERVIEW

  • Race: Imperial or Nord
    • For other great alternatives see our race guide here.
  • Mundus: Atronach
  • Attributes:
    • Magicka: 0
    • Health: 64
    • Stamina: 0
  • Consumables

CONTRIBUTIONS

Massive thanks to Gofure (Godslayer tank) for his valuable insights while putting this build together


GEAR – ARCANIST TANK

In this section we will go over the beginner and veteran gear for this Arcanist Tank Build


SLOTSETWEIGHTTRAITENCHANTMENT
HeadMagma Incarnate / NazarayMediumSturdyPrismatic Defence
ShoulderMagma Incarnate / NazarayLightSturdyPrismatic Defence
ChestTurning TideHeavyReinforcedPrismatic Defence
BeltTurning TideHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
ShoesTurning TideHeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
HandsTurning Tide HeavySturdyPrismatic Defence
PantsTurning TideHeavy InfusedPrismatic Defence
NecklacePowerful AssaultJewelryInfusedReduce potion cooldown
Ring 1Powerful AssaultJewelry InfusedReduced Block Cost
Ring 2Powerful AssaultJewelry InfusedReduced Block Cost
S+B (Sword + Board)Void BashSword + ShieldS – Decisive / B – InfusedS – Reduce Target Weapon Damage
B – Multi-Effect
Back BarPowerful AssaultIce StaffInfusedCrusher

  • Magma Incarnate drops in Vet Dread Cellar
  • Nazaray drops in Shipwright’s Regret
  • Turning Tide drops in Shipwright’s Regret
  • Yolnahkriin drops in Sunspire (Trial)
  • Powerful Assault can be purchased from Guild Traders (frost staff is EXPENSIVE feel free to use fire or lightning staff until you can afford it)
    • Cast Vigor once every 10 seconds to proc PA
  • And of course, once you get to Vet Trials grab the Monster sets requested by your raid lead!

STARTER TANK GEAR

NOTE: Starter does not mean it is bad, it just means that it is obtainable earlier in the game!

SLOTSETWEIGHTTRAITENCHANTMENT
HeadEngine GuardianMediumSturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
ShoulderEngine GuardianMediumSturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
ChestCrest of CyrodiilHeavySturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
BeltCrest of CyrodiilHeavySturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
ShoesCrest of CyrodiilHeavySturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
HandsCrest of CyrodiilHeavySturdyMaximum Health Enchantment
PantsCrest of CyrodiilHeavy InfusedMaximum Health Enchantment
NecklaceTorug’sJewelryHealthyMagicka Recovery Enchant
Ring 1Torug’sJewelry HealthyMagicka Recovery Enchant
Ring 2Torug’sJewelry HealthyMagicka Recovery Enchant
S+B (Sword + Board)Torug’sSword + ShieldS – Infused / B – InfusedS – Hardening
B – Multi-Effect
Back BarTorug’sIce StaffInfusedCrusher Enchant

  • Engine Guardian drops in Darkshade Caverns II
  • Crest of Cyrodiil can be purchased from Vlastarus, Elite Gear Vendor in Cyrodiil (or guild traders anywhere)
  • Torug’s is a crafted set

SKILL – ARCANIST TANK

Runic SunderImpervious RunewardRuneguard of Still WatersZenas Empowering DiskPower SlamAggressive Horn
ESO arcanist tank buildeso skills power slamESO Skills Replenishing Barrier
Resolving VigorElemental BlockadeRazor CaltropsRune of Uncanny AdorationCruxweaver ArmorAggressive Horn
ESO Skills Elemental Blockadeeso skills razor caltropsESO Arcanist BuildESO Skills Aggressive Horn

Honorable mentions:

Elemental Blockade creates an elemental Barrier dealing damage to enemies and setting them off Balance
ESO Skills Elemental Blockade

Reviving Barrier is a good alternative Ult for health and protection for you and your party (handy in no-death runs)


SKILL LINEAGE – ARCANIST TANK

SKILL (MORPH)BASE ABILITYSKILL TREE
ESO arcanist tank build Runic Sunder Runic JoltArcanist > Soldier of Apocrypha
Impervious Runeward Runespite WardArcanist > Soldier of Apocrypha
Runeguard of Still Waters Runic DefenseArcanist > Soldier of Apocrypha
Zenas Empowering Disc Arcanists DomainArcanist > Curative Runeforms
eso skills power slam Power Slameso skills reverberating bash Defensive PostureWeapon > One Hand and Shield
ESO Skills Aggressive Horn Aggressive Horn War HornAlliance War > Assault
ESO Skills Resolving Vigor Resolving Vigor VigorAlliance War > Assault
ESO Skills Elemental Blockade Elemental Blockade Wall of ElementsWeapon > Destruction Staff
eso skills razor caltrops Razor Caltrops CaltropsGuild > Undaunted
Rune of Uncanny Adoration Rune of Eldritch HorrorArcanist > Soldier of Apocrypha
ESO Arcanist Build Cruxweaver Armoreso arcanist build Fatewoven ArmorArcanist > Soldier of Apocrypha
ESO Skills Replenishing Barrier Aggressive HornESO Skills War Horn War HornAlliance War > Assault


PASSIVES – ARCANIST TANK

  • CLASS
    • All passives
  • WEAPON
    • 1 Hand + Sword: All Passives
    • Staff: All Passives
  • ARMOR
    • Light Armor: If wearing
    • Medium Armor: All
    • Heavy Armor: All
  • WORLD
    • None
  • GUILDS
    • Mages Guild: All Passives except Might of the Guild
    • Undaunted Guild: All Passives
  • Alliance
    • Assault: First passive (1 point only)
  • Racial: All Passives
  • Alchemy: Medicinal Use

CHAMPION POINTS – ARCANIST TANK

In this section, we will go over the Arcanist Tank champion point setup 2.0.

Warfare Tree

CP LevelPerkPoints
Eldritch Insight20
Tireless Discipline20
Quick Recovery20
Preperation20
Elemental Aegis20
Hardy20
Duelist’s Rebuff (slot)50
Enduring Resolve (slot)50
Unassailable (slot)50
Ironclad (slot)50
Blessed20
Piercing10
Battle Mastery40
Flawless Ritual20
Mighty30
War Mage30
Precision20

Fitness Tree

CP LevelPerkPoints
0-150Boundless Vitality (slot)50
150-300Fortified (slot)50
300-450Rejuvenation (slot)50
Tireless Guardian20
Fortification30
Hasty16
Hero’s Vigor20
Tumbling30
Defiance20
Nimble Protector6
Mystic Tenacity10
Expert Evasion (Slot)50
Savage Defense30
Bashing Brutality20
Sprinter20
Piercing Gaze30
Tempered Soul50

Craft Tree

CP LevelPerkPoints
0-150Steed’s Blessing (slot)50
150-300Breakfall50
300-345Wanderer15
345-375Steadfast Enchantment10
375-465Rationer (slot)30
465-690Liquid Efficiency (slot)75
690-870Wanderer60
870-990Steadfast Enchantment40
990-1140Fortune’s Favor50
1140-1290Gilded Fingers50
1290-1380Out of Sight30
1380-1500Fleet phantom40
1500-1599Soul Reservoir33
1599-1749Treasure Hunter (slot)50
1749-1884Inspiration Boost45
1884-2034Meticulous Disassembly50
2034-2259Master Gatherer75

Credits

Skill descriptions are based off of ESO Skillbook, an amazing resource for all things ESO!